Black Forest Restaurant, Harrison Hot Springs, BC

GERMAN SCHIZEL! This was very good vacation food.

After looking at the Copper Room Restaurant and its lack luster reviews, we decided to do something different and go to the Black Forest Restaurant for German food!

Sorry for the “artistic” candle light shot. The restaurant was very darkly lit and I find flash to be offensive in such a dark environment. I had the Gourmet Schmizel which included a pork schziel topped with mushrooms, ham and bechamel sauce (mmm butter).  The schizel was crispy and the components (firm mushrooms, shredded black forest ham) and sauce were good together. The portion was HUGE. I only ate the schizel and I was full. The sauce was very rich and combined with the pan fried schizel, it was oil with butter on top.  For some this would be too much but I never back down from an early heart attack.

There were a couple of side dishes: carrots, pan fried potatoes, purple cabbage.  I am not a huge fan of the sides. In fact I only really ate a quarter of the potatoes because I love potatoes. They were oily and not crispy. The carrots were too sweet for me as it was steamed or boiled then doused in a sauce that made this side dish almost like dessert. The purple cabbage is probably a German dish as I’ve never tasted something like this before. It was sour, sort of like saurket but  mushy. I only picked at them as I already gourged myself on the schizel

My dinning companion had the bratwerst which came with two sausages, the same carrot and potato sides, and saurkraut. I didn’t try his dish but it looked tasty. The portion was too much for him as well.

They also had a nice selection of wine and beer. Some of their beer was German. This one was very light and very good.

Overall the price was reasonable for the portions and for Harrison Hot Springs.

Summary

  • Huge portions
  • I don’t know how to spell schizel

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Old Settlers Pub Harrison Hot Springs, BC

The Old Settlers Pub in Harrison Hot Springs is your typical neighborhood pub that is decorated for the influx of travelers.  Yes that means Aboriginal type wood sculptors and slightly higher than usual pub prices.

I had the Loaded Burger which came with cheddar cheese, bacon, lightly saute mushrooms, settler’s sauce (mayo + something to make it orange), and the lettuce, tomatoes, purple onions and pickles.

It was your standard burger. The mushrooms were nice and juicy but it lacked a crispy definition that would come from either the bacon or the bun. I’m a sticker for the crispy component.  It comes with your choice of fries, salad, or soup. I had the cream of broccoli soup. On hindsight I’m not too sure why I ordered it as I usually only love cream soups if they are rich and this one failed on the creaminess scale.

It was watery and not cheesy. Sort of makes me sad.

My dining partner ordered a chicken burger with fries. I didn’t take a photo of that as it really wasn’t that interesting. I also had a couple of fries and that were semi crispy and cooked all the way through. Way better side than the soup.

Take a look at the total damage! As Harrison Hot Springs is really a tourist town, I’m not too surprised to be charged this much for okay pub food.

Summary

  • Pub Food! The reliable vacation food.

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